& # 39; There were no red flags & # 39 ;: the tragic story of how a & # 39; charismatic, sporting and intelligent & # 39; boy at the age of 17 took his own life – and the tearing tribute from his older brother to his & # 39; best friend & # 39;
- Greg Heapy & # 39; s younger brother, Colin, took his own life on April 29, 2019
- He said there were & # 39; no red flags & # 39; and that he never spoke about his struggles
- Mr. Heapy is now collecting this Movember to create further awareness
Colin Heapy (photo) took his own life on April 29, 2019
The ruined family of a budding teenage athlete who led his own life at the age of 17 has revealed that he had not shown any warning signs in the run-up to his tragic death.
Greg Heapy & # 39; s younger brother, Colin, seemed happy and healthy, with many friends and ambitions for the future.
But on April 29, 2019, he took his own life.
Mr. Heapy, from the Illawarra region of New South Wales, told Daily Mail Australia that his family had been destroyed by the news – and that they had no idea he had ever had a hard time.
& # 39; We didn't know Colin was suffering or feeling like him. I don't know why he felt he had to leave, & said Mr. Heapy.
& # 39; There were no red flags for us to know he was depressed or stressed out, he never talked about it.
& # 39; I wish he had trusted me, maybe he would still be here. & # 39;
Greg Heapy & # 39; s (right) younger brother, Colin (left), seemed happy and healthy, with many friends and ambitions for the future. But on April 29, 2019, he took his own life
The 34-year-old father of two said he felt somewhat responsible for the tragic death of his younger brother.
There was a 16-year age difference between the boys and he said that occasionally he felt like a & # 39; third parent & # 39; for Colin, he regarded the teenager more as a best friend.
& # 39; I couldn't wait until he was 18, so there was no limit to what we could do together. & # 39;
Six months after his loss, Mr. Heapy hopes to raise awareness about men's health and suicide by participating in Movember.
Movember is a movement that encourages people to grow mustaches throughout November to raise money for men's health.
There was a 16-year age difference between the boys (pictured together) and he said that while he was an occasional & # 39; third parent & # 39; felt for Colin, the teenager considered more like a best friend
Mr. Heapy said he still struggled to cope with the loss, despite his & # 39; hard appearance & # 39 ;.
& # 39; Losing someone you love so much, leaves a void that can't fill, & # 39; he said.
By dealing with his own personal loss, Mr. Heapy said he was exposed to the suffering of other men and & # 39; a world of pain & # 39; that he would never have understood before Colin & # 39; s death.
& # 39; My eyes are open to a world that I did not understand. A world of mental health problems. A world of people with pain.
& # 39; A world of people suffering in silence. I joined Movember to start a conversation, to show people that I care and that also applies to all people who donate to my campaign. & # 39;
Heapy said he still has trouble coping with the loss, despite his & # 39; hard appearance & # 39;
In particular, Heapy told his brother that there were no warning signs or indications that he might be unhappy at school or in life.
Colin was very popular and was gifted with both music and sports, excelling in the saxophone, guitar and piano.
He also played first class cricket for Oak Flats, his local team, and in representative teams.
& # 39; He looked very handsome and charismatic, he was intelligent, gifted, and loved sports, & # 39; said Mr. Heapy.
Mr Heapy's youngest son was born two weeks after Colin's death.
He called him & # 39; Walter Colin Heapy & # 39; in honor of his brother, and also has a son named Brody.
& # 39; So I do Movember, & # 39; he said. & # 39; But I do Movember for my brother and I do it for my boys too. & # 39;
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